This week it was my first press trip of the year to Finland with the Nordic Blogger’s Experience! But before I left I took a trip down to London to see Lauren’s new flat which was SO cute. I felt incredibly proud to walk in there knowing that one of my besties is making such a big life change and it’s so colourful and just her style, I loved it!
I sometimes wish she didn’t live so far away but at the same time I also think that it makes the time we do get together extra special. It just goes to show that distance when it comes to real friendship isn’t a problem, and besides – there’s always facetime!
Off to Finland I went to experience my first ever NBE! The Nordic Blogger’s Experience is like world travel market a big trade fair/conference but a lot smaller and concentrating on the Nordics. It’s a very prestigious event with only a select few being invited along to take part in some amazing pre and post tours exploring more of the country.
My pre-tour was a trip to the lake land in central Finland which is officially the sauna region of the world. After my trip to Lapland last year I fell in love with the peaceful nature of Finland and the magic of sauna so I was really excited to be back! We rode snow mobiles, went snow shoeing and even did a husky ride which was a BIG bucket list item of mine! I felt incredibly lucky and so happy to be a part of my awesome little lake land group!
When I travelled to Helsinki on the Friday I had come down with what I thought was the flu with terrible back ache from carrying my heavy bags and suitcases around. On the second day however I realised something more was wrong as I started to feel even worse and get other symptoms which didn’t bode well. On the third day I caved and asked to see a doctor and our amazing host Paivi took me to the hospital where they did some tests and found out I had a kidney infection that had been growing and getting worse since my illness at Christmas.
I was in agony and quite honestly I looked at flights home the next day but decided with the kindness of my team and hosts to take my anti-biotics and stick it out for the rest of the trip. I missed out on so many amazing activities I was gutted but a couple of days later I was starting to feel better and incredibly grateful that things were looking up! Moral of the story – you know your own body, don’t keep going if you think something is wrong, even superman (ad woman) has to kneel sometimes!
By the last day I was nearly back to full health so I was able to take part in our Stop Over Helsinki activities which show you the awesome things you can do if you have a stop over in the city. We went to a Finnish cooking class and did a walking food market tour which was right up my street and then it was time for the farewell dinner with all the bloggers and organisers in the evening.
I’m gutted I missed out on so much during my trip and that my second experience of Finland was tainted with illness, but it hasn’t put me off going and I fully intend to head back there for a third time and take part in all the stuff I missed!
The weekend I got home was spent in front of the TV relaxing and recouping after finishing my anti-biotics and I’m finally now feeling 100% back on it! What a disaster, not how I wanted my first press trip of the year to go but what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger! Here’s to a healthier February!
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This week I’m back to work with a night out with the boys planned for the weekend – see you next week guys!